Thanks for your interest in learning more about how Golden Valley generates and distributes power in Interior Alaska. Below is an abbreviated list of our generation facilities and tour descriptions.
Please plan your tour at least two weeks in advance by contacting GVEA’s Public Relations Dept: 907-452-1151 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Keep in mind that participants are required to wear thick soled boots or tennis shoes when touring the facilities. Hard hats and safety glasses are also required and will be provided by GVEA.
Eva Creek Wind
Eva Creek is located 14 miles from Healy at the top of the 10-mile Ferry gravel road. A railroad/pedestrian bridge spans the Nenana River and provides the only access to the Ferry Road. The Ferry Road is public, and anyone is welcome to ride their bike or hike up to the Eva Creek Wind site.
There are 12 turbines at Eva Creek. Once up top, you’ll have a great view of them. Unfortunately, because these are working generators, there is no access to peek inside.
- We offer a video, which explains the construction history of this project, or read more about this project.
- The Eva Creek Wind project is visible from the Parks Hwy. As you're headed north from Healy, look to the right in the vicinity of Milepost 263.
- For classroom resources on "Alaska Renewables," please contact Melody Moen with Alaska Center for Energy and Power at email@example.com.
Zehnder Power Plant (Plus GVEA History & Electo Motive Deisels)
Zehnder was established in 1972. It’s an oil-fired power plant and has a generation capacity of about 40 megawatts. The plant is located behind our Fairbanks offices on Illinois Street.
A tour of this plant includes GVEA history and a view into our dispatch center, as well as an overview of all GVEA generation facilities. The tour takes about one hour.
North Pole Expansion Power Plant
Established in 2006, this is one of our newer generation facilities. It runs on naphtha (a cleaner burning fuel) and can generate up to 60 MW of electricity. This power plant is located next to our older North Pole power plant, which came online in 1976.
- We offer an online tour of this power plant.
- An in-person tour takes about one hour, and visitors are responsible for their own transportation to the power plant. If coordinating a tour for a school group, please keep in mind that students must be 4th grade level or above.
BESS - Battery Energy Storage System
GVEA brought the BESS online in 2003. It can provide 27 MW of power for 15 minutes. This gives us enough time to start up local generation when there are problems with the Intertie or power plants in Anchorage or Fairbanks. The BESS is housed in a local Fairbanks warehouse.
- Watch a short video about the BESS or read more about it.
- A tour of the BESS takes about one hour. You’ll get to see the batteries up close, learn about how they work and what they do behind the scenes for our cooperative. Due to the more complex subject matter, this tour is not recommended for children.
Healy Power Plant
GVEA’s coal-fired plant is located in Healy, Alaska, about two hours from Fairbanks. It was established in 1967 and can generate up to 25 MW of power. Though one of our oldest plants, it is one of the most economical to operate. A tour of the Healy Power Plant takes about one hour.